THE LAND OF HOPE

Sion Sono

Japan 133 min Fiction

Synopsis

The story begins in 20XX, several years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, in a fictitious prefecture Nagashima-ken. Yasuhiko Ono is a dairy farmer and lives his peaceful and satisfying life with his wife Chieko, his son Yoichi, and Yoichiʼ’s wife Izumi. Their lives are uprooted when a massive 8.3 magnitude earthquake hits off the east coast of the prefecture, followed by a horrible accident at a nearby nuclear power plant. After a sequence of stunning productions, Sion Sono steps to the next level in his filmmaking career by portraying a story of families who struggle to live with dignity.

Director

Sion Sono

Japan, 1961. There is no question that Sion Sono is one of the most prospective geniuses in Japan’s film industry. His filmography has been acclaimed and has received numerous awards internationally. Of Sonoʼ’s recent works, Love Exposure earned him the FIPRESCI Prize at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival and Guilty of Romance was presented for the directors fortnight at Cannes 2011. 

Filmography: Filmografia seleccionada: The Land of Hope (2012), Guilty of Romance (2011), Himizu (2011), Cold Fish (2010, D'A 2011), Love Exposure (2008), Noriko’s Dinner Table (2005), Suicide Club (2001)

Sion Sono

Film information

Int. title: Kibô no kuni
Director: Sion Sono
Script: Sion Sono
Contact: Pictures Dept
With: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Ohtani, Jun Murakami
Country: Japan
Year: 2012
Format: Digital
Length: 133 min
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Spanish and English
Edition: 2013